10 x 10 on gallery wrapped canvas
My second paper clay project is for a scholarship giveaway up in WI this summer. Nothing like getting it done early! But I can show it the Hawthorne Park show IF I deem it worthy.
Okay so in this one, with a photo reference, I decided on a wild bright yellow/orange/green background. The I drew the flower on heavy tracy paper and cut out the pieces to assemble. Whew.
This took hours. But I am pleased with the result. But it's hard to imagine the finished piece yet.
So now it dried overnight and still isn't completely dry. So now it is in the sun on my desk by the window (good hot FL sun) and it should be dry today.
I think the steps I'll follow will be slightly different for this piece.
I will cover the WHOLE piece with a wash of white gesso. While wet, I'll wipe off most of the gesso from the background leaving some wispy glazes. Or that is the plan anyway. Let dry.
Then I'll add two coats of clear gloss acrylic over just the clay. Letting dry between each coat. Then…this I am not sure yet…then I think I cover the clay with a thin glaze of burnt umber and black acrylic and let dry. (Scary, huh?)
Then comes the antiquing step with rubbing alcohol. I'll rub off most of the dark paint leaving just dark in the textures. Let dry. I may hard some dark around the outside of the clay edges as well. THEN, I can finally add color to the flowers and leaves.
If everything is as I wish (hmmm) then I have two coats of gloss acrylic medium/varnish. Wish me luck.